Performance of Tungsten-Based Alloy Tool Developed for Friction Stir Welding of Austenitic Stainless Steel

Yutaka Sato, Ayuri Tsuji, Tomohiro Takida, Akihiko Ikegaya, Akinori Shibata, Hiroshi Ishizuka, Hideki Moriguchi, Shinichi Susukida, Hiroyuki Kokawa

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As the cost-effective tool material, W-based alloys containing hard particles, exhibiting high strength, ductility, and thermal conductivity at high temperatures, were newly developed for FSW of austenitic stainless steel in this study. The W-based alloy tools containing various hard-particles were employed in FSW of type 304 austenitic stainless steel, and the wear behavior was examined. The W-based alloy tools coated by a ceramic exhibited the good performance during FSW, but the tool wear could not be completely prevented. Degree of the tool wear depended on the high-temperature strength, i.e., it decreased with increasing high-temperature strength. The tool wear was significantly suppressed in the W-based alloy with the higher high-temperature strength, and the tool shape was hardly changed even after the 20 m travel on the tool with 1.7 mm long probe.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
ISSN (Print)2367-1181
ISSN (Electronic)2367-1696


  • FSW
  • Stainless steel
  • Tungsten-based alloy
  • Welding tool


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